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Pumpkin spice and everything nice: Healthy pumpkin recipes to try this fall

It’s pumpkin time! And while pumpkin pie is probably top of mind, there are plenty of other healthy dishes you can make with pumpkin—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Hello, pumpkin season! 

It is hard to believe that fall is already around the corner, but we all know what that means-- Pumpkin time! Pumpkin is not only tasty, it’s also a superfood because it is high in Vitamins C and A, which help with eye health, boosting immunity, heart health, and more! Many people may not know where to start when it comes to using pumpkin as the main ingredient, but this list will be sure to help! Below is a list of five creative and tasty recipes that include this delicious and nutritional fall produce.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Who doesn’t love a muffin on a crisp fall morning? These muffins are made with flour and oats; plus, they are sweetened with honey and use coconut oil instead of butter. They also leverage cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to spice up the pumpkin, giving them a well-rounded taste. Add some extra protein by topping these muffins with an almond or peanut butter spread. This is the perfect recipe to curb your sweet tooth and start off with a great pumpkin taste to add to your day!

Pumpkin Soup

This recipe is fast, easy, comforting, and vegan! This may seem surprising that all these adjectives add up to create a wonderful, creamy, and delicious pumpkin soup. The recipe uses coconut milk instead of dairy milk, creating a nice, silky texture. Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to prepare, with the majority of the time used to cook the soup. The wonderful combination of onion and garlic with honey and curry powder is sure to leave you wanting more!


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Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Not only is this a healthy pancake recipe, but it is fast and easy to make with just five ingredients—egg whites, pumpkin puree, vanilla protein powder, pumpkin spice, and baking powder. It’s a perfect way to spice up the normal buttermilk pancakes, adding more flavour and spice for a perfect cozy fall morning. Also, no one will even notice that these delicious and fluffy pancakes are only made up of five ingredients. For a low-sugar option, be sure to top off the cakes with warmed agave or honey to create a syrupy texture, this will create the same texture taste as normal syrup. 

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

If you’re seeking a taste and texture close to pumpkin pie, these oats are just the thing. This quick breakfast takes just 5 minutes to prepare and uses super-food ingredients that include rolled oats, Greek yogurt (or, you can substitute for protein powder), Chia seeds, pumpkin puree, non-dairy milk, and a sweetener and spices of your choice. You can also use quinoa as a substitute for oats to change up the texture. This recipe is perfect because you can change out any ingredients to what you are craving and/or have on hand! This is the most accessible way to start your day off with the taste of fall. Prepare them the night before for a quick grab-and-go on a hectic morning! 

Pumpkin Pasta

A classic alfredo pasta with the addition of a pumpkin puree is sure to leave you wanting more! This comfort food recipe is fully vegan, paleo, and gluten-free, all while providing your body with essential nutrition. Zucchini serves as a substitute for traditional high-carb noodles, and the sauce is made from cauliflower. Then, the dish is topped with pumpkin and kale. You can also get creative by changing the recommended ingredients. For example, if you aren’t a fan of zoodles, you can substitute them with a whole-grain or gluten-free pasta. 

Now it is time to go to the grocery store and purchase your favourite pumpkin flavouring and puree to get a head start on these recipes and the fall season! Ultimately, these pumpkin-themed recipes are sure to inspire your taste buds and leave you with all that autumn flavour satisfaction. Enjoy!